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Teams from Network Rail are tirelessly working around the clock at the site of a landslip in Baildon to expedite the reinstatement of train services.

Engineers have been on-site since Monday, February 5, responding to reports of cracks in a cutting slope near the railway. Over the past week, the land has experienced further slippage, prompting efforts to repair the cutting slope and restore train services through Baildon. Early estimates suggest that the line could reopen by mid-March.

In the interim, Northern is implementing rail replacement services for passengers travelling on the affected Bradford Forster Square to Ilkley line. Passengers are encouraged to verify their journey details through National Rail Enquiries or Northern’s official website and social media channels.

Residents affected by the landslip are receiving ongoing support from Network Rail and its contractors as the repair work progresses near their properties.

Richard Owens, Infrastructure Director for Network Rail’s North and East route, said: “We know that this incident is causing disruption to passengers. We are working to reopen the line as quickly and safely as we can and I encourage passengers to check their journey before travelling for the latest information, and thank them for their patience and understanding.”

Kerry Peters, regional director for Northern, said: “All services between Bradford Forster Square and Ilkley remain suspended following the landslip near Baildon station – however, services that run via Bradford Forster Square and Leeds and Leeds and Ilkley are not affected.

“A number of rail replacement services are in operation to ensure passengers can still get to where they want to be and we would encourage customers to ‘check before they travel’ to see how their journey is affected.

“We will continue to support Network Rail in any way that we can as they continue efforts to re-open the line.”